Friday, May 8, 2009

Derek Drives A Big Tonka Truck

Look what Derek got to do today! Here is Derek operating his grandpa's front loader to clean up the shallow end of the pond. Years of silt have washed into the pond and we are trying to clean it out and make the pond a bit deeper at the end.

Derek was in heaven. It reminded me of when he was a toddler and played with his big Tonka dump truck and front loader. It's really cool that he got to operate a big one today. Jim taught him the levers and then took the back seat. Derek got the hang of it pretty quick.

In other news, we are currently on day two of duck egg incubation. Daisy began to set the eggs in ernest yesterday. She's doing a fine job of covering all 14 of them (at least we think we can count 14!). She took a short break yesterday evening then got back to work.

Also we have a pair of wood ducks using the fiberglass duck box on the other side of the pond. The hen has been seen in the early morning with her head sticking out. We think she's laying a clutch of eggs right now. The wood ducks visit each evening and the hen goes into the nest to supposedly lay an egg. Now, wouldn't it really be something to have a brood of my own domestic ducks on the pond as well as a brood of wood ducks with their mama?


  1. Looks like a great day - and a happy kid. What fun to run a big piece of equipment.

  2. Wow! That would be neat. Definitely a blog and photo worthy event! hehe

    How lucky to be able to play with the real monster sized tractor and not the toy! Looks like he'd doing a terrific job, too. Did you get a turn behind the controls also?

    It was neat how most of the water got sloshed back into the pond as the tractor bucket swung around. Did any fish get captured along with the mud and silt?


  3. Looks like fun! I'd love to dig out our ponds a bit.

  4. You sure know the way to a boy's heart! He looks like he's having a ball!

  5. How fun for Derek! I am excited about your wood ducks. They are so pretty!


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